Aimee Kirby’s design approach is born out of her respect for the ever evolving allure of the natural world and how it translates into new spaces both large and small. Motivated be her progressive interest in sculpture, she sees gardens and flora not only as a thing of beauty, but also as opportunities to embrace natural media as art and functional installation. Aimee curates plants, branches, stems and other intriguing materials to design the most exceptional gardens and arrangements, inspired by what she finds in the wild. At the heart of her work is a deep love for meadowscapes and pollinator habitats, which she fostered while learning the growing art of growing specialty cut flowers in Virginia with Wollam Gardens. Her interest in building spaces and “flora as architecture” grew with her work with both, the NYC based design/build firm, Town and Gardens, and the non profit, the Horticulture Society Of New York .
She founded Ferox Studio to provide clients with a broad and artful range of possibilities that integrate the uninhibited spirit of the natural world into both indoor and outdoor botanical design. Her aesthetic embraces a constant exploration of new materials curated with conscientious care, so that the flora or garden in any environment not only looks engaging, but also feels both formative and feral.
Adriana has always been enchanted by the caprices of nature. Some of her earliest memories include running around her yard as bare as the day she was born, climbing all her neighborhood trees, going to the local zoo so often the whole staff knew her by name, and a dangerous fascination with honeybees and their hives.
After years of poking, prodding (and running) from hives, she now finds joy in playing a role in promoting pollinator gardens in urban spaces, along with a wide array of other horticultural projects and activities.
When it comes to floral design, Adriana tends to lean towards a more tempestuous style. As she strives to maintain the authenticity of nature and enjoys assuming versatility in her work, she prefers to use design as an opportunity to emphasize the duality and unpredictability of nature.